Blake Griffin, a six-time All Star and five-time All NBA forward, has signed a one year contract to be a Brooklyn Nets player, Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports Management told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski Monday.
Griffin is back in Brooklyn to try to win his first title after reviving his career.
Griffin, 32, was sold to the Detroit Pistons by February. He had more than a year remaining on his $173 million maximum contract, which was five years long, that he signed in 2017 with the LA Clippers. A few weeks later, he signed a contract to join the Nets to play the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
As a role player, he was a great fit alongside Brooklyn's Big Three of James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Griffin's transformation from not being able to complete a single dunk for the Pistons, to completing 18 with the Nets is a perfect example of that.
Griffin would be the primary defender for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks' superstar, during the seven-game Eastern Conference semifinal series. Brooklyn lost the series in seven games. He and the Nets now have a chance to win a championship.
Griffin has a title, but it is not the most prominent thing on his star-studded resume. He was an All-Star selection and All-NBA selection, and he also averaged more than 20 points per season seven times. Griffin also won the NBA's rookie of the year award in 2011. He has not been able make the playoffs despite his successes with the Clippers as well as the Pistons.
Both he and the Nets hope that this season will be different. Brooklyn has many other moves to be made to complete its roster, including deciding the fate of Bruce Brown and Spencer Dinwiddie, free-agent guards. Sources tell ESPN's Malika Andrews that forward Jeff Green, who was a crucial piece of Brooklyn's team, has agreed to a 2-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.